Talk:Pigasus Award

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Isaac Bashevis Singer[edit]

i thought he was a writer, why is he listed as a scientist?

Also, did he only "win" the "award" because he is religious? Are/were they really that anti-religion? Xavius, the Satyr Lord (talk) 13:52, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

They also seem to have a bone to pick with alternative medicine. Kevin Trudeau, "refusing to face reality"?!? What a joke!!!!! He's trying to expose the truth about the pharmaceutical industry, not obfuscate it!!!! *sigh* The efforts of muckrakers are seldom appreciated in their own time... mostly because their targets tend to have a lot of power and no morals whatsoever - a dangerous combination in any case, but especially so when you get in the fiends' way!!! --Luigifan (talk) 23:54, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Listing Recipients[edit]

I would be in favor of treating this subject less like a legitimate award. I am working on an updated draft. I do not necessarily agree with the listing of every "recipient" just for the sake of listing every recipient. I think linking to them would be the better solution and perhaps including a paragraph on the more noted/recent/relevant recipients. -- Krash (Talk) 03:28, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I could not find any link with all of them. I won't add any more winners until something is decided. Bubba73 (talk), 03:50, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I contend that this, although a real award, is not very notable outside the context of Randi/JREF.[1] An exhaustive list of recipients seems to be borderline cruft. -- Krash (Talk) 03:55, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

OK, you have a good point. But I think a few should be there to get the flavor of it. Bubba73 (talk), 03:58, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Agree wholly. Perhaps in paragraph form rather than as a list? -- Krash (Talk) 03:59, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I prefer it in list form rather than paragraph form. Bubba73 (talk), 04:20, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
However, the current form for the recent years doesn't make it clear for which category the award is given. Bubba73 (talk), 04:25, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't really see the need to list any that don't already have an article and/or need a great deal of explanation to establish context. Good examples of keepers would be Sylvia Browne, What tнe ♯$*! Do ωΣ (k)πow!?, Project Alpha, Manto Tshabala-Msimang, John Edwards, etc. The first 2 under 2004 and #4 under 1979 seem to require too much explaining. Perhaps rather than listing by year, it could be a single list of the most notable mentions. There were several years when Pigasus/Uri didn't exist ('83-'96???). This should be mentioned in the article, but I can't find any information on it. There just seems to be a gap in the history. -- Krash (Talk) 04:47, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I like the current recipient list format (umm...maybe that's because I made it that way?). But yeah, I guess it should be updated to be all inclusive ('80, '81, '96, '99, etc). I'll take a stab at listing those missing entries. I think we've done a pretty good job on this article considering it's about an award that doesn't really even exist. Quite frankly, I think the article's too long and the subject's not important enough to establish much context. I'd change my view ("not very notable outside the context of Randi/JREF.[2]") if we could find some reliable secondary sources. But I don't know if the subject's notable enough for those to exist. -- Krash (Talk) 19:06, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Here it is mentioned in TIME. Bubba73 (talk), 19:22, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Good research! -- Krash (Talk) 19:47, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't notice this was a contentious topic before editing. As you can guess, I do agree with listing all the recipients. Each one is fairly notable, and most have Wikipedia articles already, and if we assume this award is notable, listing notable recipients of the award seems fairly important. GRuban 19:33, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
By all means, keep up the good work! My only critique would be that subsections make the TOC look funny. -- Krash (Talk) 19:47, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Sylvia Browne[edit]

The article says "Sylvia Browne, who has the distinction of being the only two-time recipient." I predict that he will be the first three-time winner. Bubba73 (talk), 00:29, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

I think you'll find "he" is a "she " and I didn't need psychic powers to deduce that. Rrose Selavy

Possible origin of the name "Pigasus"[edit]

I remember reading in Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader that some people nominated a pig (dubbed "Pigasus") for president as a sort of political protest. Apparently, a lot of people agreed with the protesters - the swine was so popular, the FBI had to confiscate it in order to prevent it from winning the election!!! I'll provide the details as soon as I can come up with the article. --Luigifan (talk) 23:47, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

  • I'm back. I got some of the details wrong in my summary, but I was just recalling it from memory... Anyways, here's the scoop on Pigasus, quoted verbatim from p. 75-76 of Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader...

During the 1968 presidential election, the United States was deeply divided over the war in Vietnam. That August thousands of antiwar activists gathered at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to protest. Among them were members of the Youth International Party, or "Yippies". They bought a young boar at a local farm (folk singer Phil Ochs paid for it), named him Pigasus the Immortal, and made him their candidate for president. On August 23, with great media fanfare, Yippie leader Jerry Rubin stood in front of the Chicago Civic Center and announced Pigasus's candidacy. Along with the nomination, Rubin was about to announce the pig's first press conference, where (according to Rubin) Pigasus would not only answer reporter's questions but also demand a White House foreign policy briefing. But before Rubin could say anything, Chicago cops converged on the news conference and arrested him and his friends on charges of disorderly conduct and bringing livestock into the city. As for Pigasus, photos show policemen surrounding the captive candidate - right before they took him to the local humane society. (He was later adopted by members of the commune known as the Hog Farm.)

...And that's the story. I wouldn't be surprised if this jab at belief systems which don't agree with our science-obsessed society wasn't inspired by this little pig tale (particularly its anticlimatic outcome.) --Luigifan (talk) 00:19, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

April Fools Day[edit]

In the introductory paragraph shouldn't there be a reference to April 1st being April Fools Day? Some people in countries where it's not celebrated might not make the connection. - Chavando (talk) 18:50, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

Flagged article: "Primary sources" and "Neologism" banners[edit]

The article needs independent, not self-published sources. Much of it could be considered defamatory by those named in it. The JREF has its own website to publish and promote its awards list. Please add more outside references to justify the article not being a press release. When that is done, remove the flags. Thanks. 5Q5 (talk) 15:57, 12 May 2011 (UTC)